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Time To Recognise Medicinal Marijuana, Says Syed Saddiq

Time To Recognise Medicinal Marijuana, Says Syed Saddiq

Over 40 countries have recognised cannabis and hemp as alternative medicine.

Ikhwan Zulkaflee

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Malaysia should amend its law to recognise cannabis as alternative medicine, says the Medical Cannabis Caucus chairman Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Syed Saddiq argues that over 40 developed countries have amended their respective laws regarding the use of cannabis in medicine.

“Even world health bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) also recognize the use of cannabis for medical purposes” tweeted the Muar MP.

He said that the steps taken by other countries should also be seen as an encouragement for Malaysian health groups to offer this alternative medicine immediately. 

Syed Saddiq, who is also Muda’s president said that he had discussed the issue with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, during which he suggested for the Attorney-General’s Chambers to be given the authority to give higher consideration to cases involving usage of cannabis.

He said the same flexibility should also be given to the judges dealing with such cases.

“This is because we need to handle these cases carefully so that patients who have no choice but to use cannabis for medical purposes are given due flexibility,” he said, adding that capital punishment such as hanging is too heavy for patients that sought alternative medicine for their illness.

Syed Saddiq had earlier appeared at the Petaling Jaya court to show solidarity with nasyid artist and composer Muhammad Yasin Sulaiman.

The artist faces a possible death sentence or life imprisonment after being charged with cultivating cannabis plants and trafficking 214g of cannabis at his condominium in Kota Damansara.

READ MORE: [Watch] Yasin Sends His Regards To Syed Saddiq Before Getting Charged For Cultivating Ganja Plants

On 6 April, The Health Ministry said that it is ready to collaborate with any parties to study the usage of marijuana and cannabis in medicine.

READ MORE: MOH Welcomes Collaborators To Study On Medicinal Marijuana, Says KJ


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